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E1 FWBER"RY, S. C., TUESO A Y, JUNi 9, 1908
__ __ WICE A WEEK.mi n A VP AR
Eighty Lives Lost, Four Thousai
Appeal for Bri
PROPERTY LOSS REACHES I
All Going to Make a Grand Total
of the State and Fraught With
gered Her People-Contribu
South Carolina and the
lanta-The Details of
Special to Herald and News.
Columbia, June 8.-The State's
staff,correspondent at Spartanburg
cast night summarized the situation
,there in these words:
" "The unparalleled calamity which
has befallen the State for the last
few hours is increasing rather than
decreasing in proportions. Your
correspondent visited Pacolet, Glen
dale and Clifton today.
The losses to milling property at
these points at a conservative esti
Nine bridges in Spartanburg and
adjoining countins have beon swept
away at a rough estimate of $350,.
Fully fifty houses in Che milling
villages of Clifton and Pacolet, along
with markets, livery stables, barber
shop, and other iouses, represent a
los of $200,000 more.
Minor losses to mills at Whitney,
Arkwright and other points in Spar
tanburg amount probably to $150,
Iamage to railroad tracks, and
wires in this immediate sec
tion will'conut up not less than $75,
Four thousand mill operatives and
other employees will he thrown out
of employment indefinitely.
No less than eighty lives have
been lost, all going to make a grand
total unprecedented in the history of
the State and franghL with a hor. jr
which has staggered her people.
By ferry and conveyance and a
boat your correspondent visited the
rumns at Paeolet, Glendale and Clifton
today and for mile,s followed the
banks of the rivers, Lawson's Forks
andl Pacolet. A scenie of devastation
--the direst human pamii-mst the
eye on all sides.
The people are disconsolate to the J
bounds of most fright fuil agony and
suffering and the once beautiful and
peaceful valley, broken only by thie
commercially musical inielod) of the
looms and spiuidles, is one vast
expanse of wvaste andit water fearful
to conItemp)late and nauseatinmg inf
vital pain and h,orroir.
Th'lat most f,.ar f I a r I honrum.d
ering of all cries, he app4.al for
b)read, is already heard and Htraug
mnshudder as they lis.ten and wvon -
der from whence it will come." t
Contributions for the sufferers are I
coming in nicely and the work of
relief will not be delayed. War Do.
partment is sending rations and
medicines from Atlanta.
Columbia is entirely cut off by
railroad from the upper part of
Southern cannot. oprate trainus
either on Green ville or Spart anhurg
lines and( the C., N. & L. t restlIe at I
Columbia is downi.
Details of the Disaster. a
Wreck and ruin mark the spots t<
where on Saturday morning utood tl
two of the largest and most prosper. tj
one mill communities ini the entire A
South. Twelve lives known to have c
BY ANGRY WATERS
id People Homeless And The
)ad is Heard.
41GH UP IN THE MILLIONS,
Unprecedented in The History
a Horror Which Has Stag
tions From the People of
War Department at At
the Terrible Disaster.
been lost., $2,500, 000 in mill and
other property destroyed, with 4,000
men indefinitely out of employment
tells the story of the angry waters
which totally deniolished Mills No.
I and 2 at Pacolet, the Converse Mill
at Clifton; which on Saturday night
had half washed away the (lifton
Mill and the Dexter Mill, at Clifton.
It is feared that whei all is known
the death list may reach forty or
fifty, and some predict that it ma)
go to 150.
The loss at Ptcoltst on Satui,lay
night was placed at something liko
$1,000,000, summarized as follows.
Tie loss at Pacolet i.-4 pliaeedi at $1,
000,000, summarized as foliows:
Mill Nos. 1 and 2 deniolished; 28,
000 spindles a wreck; 3,500 bales of
cotton, $200,000 worth of cloth goods
in company's store damaged, grist'
mill, cotton gi, p;.tofliceo, shoo shop,
blackemith shop, dental oflice, livery
stable and Prosbyteriani Church all
At Clifton, the Converse Mill, with
51,000 spindles, ha-i entirely gone.
The Clifton Mill, with 27,000 spin
dlos, is half washed away. The Dex
ter Mill, with 30,000 spindles, is pro
bably half-ruined. All these mills
belong to the Clifton Manu!acturing
- More than 600 people are home
less and 4,000 out of omploymeti.
There was no wind and no damage
by lightning; only by water. This
fell in veritable torrents, converting
Lhe surface of the earth into a sheeo
lake of raging water. Rivers over
[lowed their banks to heights never
,efore known; creeks became rivers,
ind small rivulets roaring torrents,
,viping out everything in their course.
Railroad bridges were torn from stone
ind iron piers; cotton inills wAI-r
rushod like straw boforo thw flo.,d
md grist imills and innumscshlde
nualler induiscries and Icot tages m-r
vashed away by thu it.,gry wate.-.
The Pacolet DIsaster.
R~andIolphi Wi. Snhi, *i yi eA li-er,
vrites from Paceletj in i Swe~':
Paeolet, Mills, J unie 6.--- NM 4si .ce
he Jiohnstown flood has there b"en
nob a calamity of the wvatere and
mall wonder that the inhabitantit of
his valley are awed into awfnl silence
t th)e scene0 of desolation that con
The information rece'ived here is
hat the cloudburst broke jus3t ab)ovP
li ftoni early this morning aboni i.
i'clock. Within an hour the iiiws
t that poiint and a score or mioi'' of
arm houses along the river had l'enm
arried1 away and the deb)ris ecineii
nth a anight rush to this point.
J i nhove thLi great striuctur ie
.ownl as8 Mills No . I andl 2 is hue
lainm that(1 coniieS thme na1in ria watr
vay wvhich furn ishes the power for
he mills. Someu idea of the imimmen
ity of the flood may be gathered
rom the fact that it is not known at
his writing whet her t he (dam1 hs
"3en washed away.
A PHEuiNoMENAnr iliHE.
Inside of 40. minutes the river rose
rom its normal confines t o the fonrn.h
tory of the first mnill,1a height of 41
set. T1he mill operatives we(re julst
cing to their earley break fst whmen
bie sound of a imighity rush of wat er.4
roke on t heir ears. Fro m their cot
'iges that dot the hlillmide theyO wit -
essed1 a scenie, for t here waEs aictuial ly
(It ti me enongh for manyii~ of It bm
get to the banks, that wil Ilive on
b~eir memory. With one great bound
be flood1 surged dJown t he valley.
sn ornamental swiniginug hbridgje that
onnected north aind south Pacoont
was swept away as if it had not the
strength of a cobweb. The mill op
eratives, some of whom had hastened
down to the water's Side in hopes of
beit-g able to get across to their work
backed up the hill horror stricken.
In live minutem it is said that the
water rose more than 20 feet.
CHUnH1 SWEPT AWAY.
The Presbyterian church, which
was picturesquely located on the
river side just between the mills, was
the first building to go. It stood
out on a little promontory of land
that made it. a great mark for the
Hardly had the fascinated specta
tors recovered from the scone when
the little flat of buildings comprising
the postoffice, market, barber shop
and blacksmith shop went down be
fore the inrushing flood. These
buildings were iear the church and
at tho foot of the road or main street
of the village. They went down in
the rush of waters one after the
othor.so quickly that the spectators
differ am to which %vent first.
By this time the river had risen
about 10 feet iiighor until its waters
were snrgibg thriigh the third story
wintiows of the mills built to with
stand urdinary freshet, but in L-o
contfniplatioi, of a l1oo1 of such pro
portions wi the existing one. The
walls of th% building known us No. 1.
and 2 mill wero seen to be tremb!ing
and the ctowdH of villagers were
watching them closely when a scene
on thr, redI torrent arrested their at
AN APPALLING SCENE.
A raift which looked like the side
of a house was coming down the
great red turbid mass of waters at
lightning speed. Seated on the
rafters near the edge was a child in
his night dress. A rift in the clouds
had let the sun through orightly and
thiN face of the baby was torned up
to the light, pale and appalled. The
raft struck the falls below the dam
with an ugly smash and the child
stepped on into the waters. The
great torrent turned the little body
over and over, dashing it against the
rocks until it disappeared around the
bond of the river.
GREAT PROPERTY LOSS.
In a brief space of time the great
warehouse in which were stored some
5,000 bales of cotton was swept
away. Three thonsand bales of
goods and 3,649 6ales of cotton were
lost in this wreck, and it is now dilli
enlt to see just where the foundla.
(.atA5t HEARD VJRi MILES.
1-Hardily had the warehouse wrecked
b.i-Li twopt out of sight when thero
was mioa'inous crackinig in the will
building No. I and 2. 'lThe river
ins;tead of receding as the wviseacrea8
ha.d said it would do certainly whei.
it reach' .0 30 feet it went upi with a~
rush to 40 feet and iho old part of
N%'o. 1 and 2 went downt. The other
sectiots of lihe hnilding gnve away
raupidily and ihe ent ire ..trnt tire went
down wit h a grat crash t hat the
mill pnoph,~ say couild be heard for
A sni ui etion of th.e building is
stillI staend inig bui the force of thle
waitters hash utteIr b dlest royed every
lithin on thle sma Il part of the build
ing t hat was lef t standing.
OTH tERi M iLL FOL ,Ows.
Theo mill No. 3 was the last one to
g,o anid a part, of the structure was
left standing that it is thought can
1)0 restored. The end of the mill
nearest the town is wrecked, the
slashuer room, eingitne room and b)oiler
room are also gone and( Mr. Victor
Montgomery, the president of the
mill, lias alreoady made arrangements
to) sell somue of the manchinuery for old
RAT LRoAD tWASiED AwAY.
Thes branch of thle Southergi rail -
vay that pas4sesu the mill hats been
was~hied away, a freight car that was
4t audinig in the rear~ of the mill No. 1
and 2 was' picked up by the waters
'lnd tutrnied over at the foot of the
roadl despite the fact that it was
Ioadled as if it wvere a dry goods box.
I'hie work of recovering the bales of
sottonL that were floating about in
the eddies was begun as soon as the
waters began to recede at about noon.
ENOUGH TO PROSTRATE HIM.
Victor Montgomery, the president
of the mills, was almost prostrated
when he was informed of the disaster
in Spartanburg this morning. Com
ing so soon after the Gamesville
disaster it naturally strongly affected
him, but he was about the scene of
the disaster here early today, trying
to get some order out of the fright
ful chaos. It has been a difficult
task with the operatives however.
The fact of being thrown out of
work indefinitely has made many of
them desperate, and unless succor is
sent there their sufferings will be
The Montgomery wills were
among the most prosperous in the
country, the stock being quoted at
190. It has been the purpose of the
management to keep the mills going
at full force all summer, as much to
keep the operatives' organization in
tact as for any other reason, and the
calamity coming as it has will per
force of necessity work endless in
jury to all concerned, nud t he fear
in the hoa t-i of th- v pllaio people
here- i still gran, .,t onIly for tie
trouble bV tow loss of w.gS that.
must b. their-, Wut ; eAn of the
o1minou. outlook b -re*
The Clifton Disaster.
Cliftov, t4part an burg County, Jtune
3.--At gray dawn it ii-, nmorning there
was noting to excito frar. But
thi-4 condition of hetcurity was of
shirt durationi. A few miniutos after
5 o'clock it wits [inticed that tlie
Pacolet, river wis rising-and rising
rapidly. Somewhere up in the moun
tains the clouds had delivered them.
selves of a vast burdon of water, and
this came rolling down by the mil
lions of tois. The terrific force of
such a flood cannot be described.
The river sprang up hy bounds. A
foot, two feet, ten foot, twenty feet
would it ever stop its wild, fearful
course? Thirty feet! Here at last
it paused. But in the brief hour.of
its flooding what damage had been
The yellow waters from the clay
hills curled over and through the
giant mills; it dashed against the
homes of the operatives, and rushed
through the village streets. Rising
higher and higher, it ground houses
from their foundations, and it dashed
with inconceivable force against the
fortress-like masonry of the giant
factories-the pride of eastern Spar
DIED IN Trii-EIR HOU5Rs.
Ini the honses that wvere carried1
away were livinrg humn b eings.
Som3u clung to the floatinrg homes;
some got on trees. Meni waded and1(
swaim to the resene. And there wvere
brave deeds ini this hour of terrifying
peril. How mniy have been lost it
cannot now he at ated--not less than
ten nor more thian ift y'. Fortu
[nately, the village houses wero imostly
out of the reach of t lie flood's ast reiigth
but ase it. was 8(0 or I 0( of t hem wvere
Sucli isAsTEII NOT DaRtAMEDI 01".
Whein~ thes~e g reat nills wvere built
the idea wans never conce.ivedl thait
they would ever be iunsaufe. They
seem)od( built t.o stand till the b)rick(s
were crnbled biy thle slow process
of time. Buit t hen suich 11loods as
this were never dreamed of. The
huge Converse mill, wvithiS 5,000)
spindles, couild not wit list a nd t h
battering of the waters. Timie and
time again the weight, of a t housanud
tons were hurled against it, and
finally it began to crack and crumi
ble and became a total wreck.
Half of flue Dexter mill, with 30,
0(6 spindles, is gone.
Half oif the Clifton inill, in which
there were 27,000) Hpindllee, is a
w-reek. Th'lesia mil Is were all thle
property of the Clifton Ma urnufact or
TJ.he people of (lif(toni were throwii
into a pan:ic. Whien thle manny ut
terly depw-duenit on t hose factories
for the support of t heir fanailies saw
them crm tble, they were b)rought
face to faee with sie arvation. T1heir
distress was great.
HlELP IS NHEDED.
Help is needed in Clifton. There
are five hundred people without
homes and four thousand without
means of buying broad. It will be
many months before they can be
given work here. But, without look.
ing into the future, there is necessity
for immediate aid.
Rev. J. A. Snyder will receive and
turn over to an aid committee any
money that is forwarded.
Topography of the Country.
The splendid water powers which
have brought the great cluster of
cotton mills to the Piedmont courL.:y
of South C'n:olina have now brought
injury and destruction to these in
dustries, loss to their owners and
suffering to their operaitives. A
series of rivers runs down from the
mountains of North Carolina, grad
ually merging until in the middle
section they form the great streams
of the low country.
First on the east is Pacolet river,
which runs east of Spartanburg
and west of Giaffney. Between these
towns the Southern's main line
Our cash recei
double that of
will continue fro
stock is reduct
special bargain t
next to nothing.
2000 yds. Shirting Calicoes, the pri
3c, worth 5c.
2000 yds. Figured Lawns and Musi
at 3c, worth 5c.
'()(0 Yds. 4V in.- Figurled I,a'wns" an<1
be sold at 5c, worth ior.
I10 Cottonades for men and boy
2000 yds. p)iled on center tables, (.
lins, Organdies andl Swiss 5c,
I o00 yd1s. p)iled on center tables, C
lins u)rgandies and D)imit ies, gC
50"0 yds-. 36 in. Percales, new style
only 5c, worth ioc.
.()o prs. ladies' 1 -ong I -ace NIitt s
ando 8I.25, n-ow 39c.-- only 01
Too L ad ies' Crash Skirts, nicely ma
$ t00iow only 29c.
2000 yds. Fine Emblroideries :n
wvort hi 1 2 Ac and r c, for one we
choice of the big lot for Nic.
o( doz. Turk i sh 1 athI T1owelIs (bWe
only i 2 c, worthI 20C.
oo dozt. Ilutck Tlowels for this sale.
ge, worth igc.
;(o gross Pearl lluttons for this
go doz. NM isses and Children's\ Fast
I lose ioc at pair, worth ise.
6o doz. Corsets4, WV. 1. and it. & (
43 c, worth 65c.
5() WVhite Quilts to arrive this wee
bought in *Januiary for futu re (
basis of Sc cot ton. The mnill
out of thle dlelivery, but we hb
For this week, every H.
Prices. 10OO doz. Ladit
orossem it at Cliftoll, where the big
bridge was walised away. Abovo
Clifton on the river is the old Fin
gerville mill ad at Cliftonl is the
cluster of mills wvih repr.et the
energy of the late 1). Ej. Convorto.
- Fourteei notes lower dowa, just
two milom to the west of the South
ern . lino from Spartainmrg to Co.
lumbil, uro the Paeoh>t ills ---tihe
life work of tho, litti, ,Jih-i i1 Mont
gomery, wh, lost his fif,h ymar
whilo inHpectin-g the nov.:. Polot
mill tt Oainei vdvle, d istro..id last
week by cyclone.
Next to the Pitcolkt riv.-r on the
west is the Smuth Tygur, whoso
banks for miles are dotteId with (ot
ton mills. Above Gr ' s, betwlon
Spartanburg ad (Ioreenville, is the
Arlington, nov tlmil,ld, aid Jiust itst
of 0roors is TIII)Iu IIa. A1sl jUSt ea1t,
of Ormers the Siothern's inun hin
crosHs tho Ty"', r tIhe buldte hilv
ing 1) 011 W14she a1 wyAV .
R%portis frotm Siparaimlihuti r :a vay t he
disast.r is look.l uponi KId abMst its
great mi com)i, tnv b-eol siflerld.
pts for this week<
any former wee
m day to day ui
ad. Great piles
ables, and we ar
*4f*^4 4 * ** 49e #",iw44"N
cc to a1ll is T ve
ns to be SoId 1 4) 4)1
I 'Muslins to
olored NI us. 0 11
, ortl Nh ii. sc.I I
s just lanIded, ~j~ ;:l1i44
woirthI $1 .4(4>11
deU 8itl wort ~ hi J *2.
id I ie ti s lll .4
ek only, your j~ iI
you)ir chic4)e j
.lc for iis-lle
k which we ~ sl
(livery on a 44 I .le
riedl to shirk ,4(tI
Thente le y we
we aios,yu hob
'eyiaig M n Woiina
The city -of Spartanburg is out off
from all railroad communicationp, the
powor house was flooded, and street
car tratlic was stopped for hours.
Two houses were washed away on
the banks of the Reedy River, but no
loss of life has been reported.
Newry Mill Threatened.
Reports from Calhoun say the
Sonoca liver is higher than was ever
known. Coal cars wore run on
restles to hold them down. On
Saturday night the water was up to
(th second floor of the Newry cotton
Sapphire Dam Broken.
Andorion reports news of the
breaking of the SaII)phire dam, in
North Carolina just over the line
from Pickens County, at. 12 o'clock
on Satuorday night. If report is true,
the wter will come down KOowee
Uiv.e. 0mpt mg into Seneca River.
One b onu1 muuy of the text,ile
mills of Philaelphin have acceded
to tli - Iloni -ls of their st.riking opera
tivos fr at iirty live hour week.
must and will
k. The record
Ly morning and
Atil the present
in baskets on
. naming prices
re houight . j pwr cen. less than
buy thmll today. We ph,Ice the
I tablv ;your choice for 93c each,
wa i0 h $1.50 ac.lume
;h Goods Plumes.
\\ ash Good slightly soiled, anud
e& i te lot t hat is not wvorth iige5,
e,your chloice for itoc yard.
will pa you to altend this sale.
I lack Clay, \\'orsted anid Serge
will sellI for $6', worthi $jo.
Suit we thbrow on) sale; it is wvorthm
-''ne custom nude Suits wec are
$S. ;0 , wor ib .$is
tp a' I u1it for your bi a))':t a bar
lier P:olts for I his sale 24c
I t , wvort 1,i :l 4,Ver t O'Ii $ i . (
mw oly S p:Nc~iir,
ummier Shoe Sale.
(' Slipper(I for t his sp)ecial sale
u-'Slippers,~ I )rew' Selby &~ Co., for
Ssale ) IL, worthI .$ I.go.
I ,owv Cut Shioes for this sale 98c,
>artment to go at Cut
25c, worth 5Cc.
and Children wear.